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Game background
Title(s) Lord of Song, the Lord of All Songs, Guardian of Singers and Troubadours, the One True Hand of All-Wise Oghma
Home plane 2E: Library of All Knowledge (Beastlands)
3E: House of knowledge
Power level Lesser power
Alignment Neutral Good
Portfolio Poetry, Song, Eloquence, Storytelling
Superior Oghma
Design details

Milil (/mˈlɪl/ mə-LIL)[1] is the fictional god of song and poetry in the Forgotten Realms setting for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game.

Publication history[edit]

Ed Greenwood created Milil for his home Dungeons & Dragons game, giving him some of the powers from the version of the Norse deity Bragi found in original version of the book Deities & Demigods.[2]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)[edit]

Milil first appeared within Dungeons & Dragons as one of the deities featured in Ed Greenwood's article "Down-to-earth Divinity" in Dragon #54 (October 1981). Milil was introduced as the god of poetry, eloquence, and song, a neutral good demigod from the Happy Hunting Grounds. The article notes that Milil is connected to Oghma and Sune, and states that he is "held in special esteem by bards. He is seen as a young, charismatic man with beautiful features and voice, but is usually manifested as a haunting music (particularly in clearings in the depths of a wood), or a radiance about some human bard or raconteur in the throes of inspiration." Milil's alliances are also described: "Oghma is served by Gond on one hand, and by Milil and Deneir on the other. Milil often works directly with Lliira." Milil is commonly worshipped by neutral good thieves and clerics, as well as any bards, and characters employed as poets, artists, scribes, and sages.[2]

Milil later officially appeared as one of the major deities for the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set's "Cyclopedia of the Realms" booklet (1987).[1]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)[edit]

Milil was described in the hardback Forgotten Realms Adventures (1990),[3] the revised Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (1993) in the "Running the Realms" booklet,[4] and Faiths & Avatars (1996).[5]

His role in the cosmology of the Planescape campaign setting was described in On Hallowed Ground (1996).[6]

Milil is described as one of the good deities that celestials can serve in the supplement Warriors of Heaven (1999).[7]

Dungeons & Dragons 3.0 edition (2000-2002)[edit]

Milil appears as one of the major deities of the Forgotten Realms setting again, in Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (2001),[8] and is further detailed in Faiths and Pantheons (2002).[9]


  1. ^ a b Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb and Karen S. Martin (1987). Forgotten Realms Campaign Set. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-88038-472-7. 
  2. ^ a b Ed Greenwood, Dragon magazine #54 - "Down-to-earth divinity" (October 1981), p. 52
  3. ^ Grubb, Jeff and Ed Greenwood. Forgotten Realms Adventures (TSR, 1990)
  4. ^ Ed Greenwood (1993). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. ASIN B000K06S2E. 
  5. ^ Martin, Julia, and Eric L Boyd. Faiths & Avatars (TSR, 1996)
  6. ^ McComb, Colin. On Hallowed Ground (TSR, 1996)
  7. ^ Perkins, Christopher. Warriors of Heaven (TSR, 1999)
  8. ^ Ed Greenwood; et al. (2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting. Wizard of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5. 
  9. ^ Boyd, Eric L, and Erik Mona. Faiths and Pantheons (Wizards of the Coast, 2002)